Shadows in Summerland

· Open Road Media
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“An extraordinary novel sure to enchant readers of Sarah Waters as well as those looking for a thrilling and transporting gothic tale.” —Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Summer
The author of The Man Who Noticed Everything, an award-winning collection of short stories, presents his debut work of full-length fiction, “a witty and disturbing horror novel . . . as if Henry James had written an issue of Tales from the Crypt” (Bennett Sims, author of A Questionable Shape).
Loosely based on the lives of spirit photographer William H. Mumler and his wife, Shadows in Summerland transports readers to 1859 Boston, where those who promise access to the otherworldly—mediums, spiritualists, and psychics—are celebrated. This embrace of illusion and intrigue provides the perfect hunting ground for con artists and charlatans—men like William Mumler.
When William teams up with Hannah, a shy young girl who sees and manifests the dead, they are welcomed into the drawing rooms of the city’s elite. But the couple’s newfound fame and fortune draw grifters and rogues into their circle, including someone who will bring the afterlife closer to them than they could ever imagine.
Spanning three decades, Shadows in Summerland “recalls an era no less gullible than the present one . . . Van Young’s prose skillfully illuminates his gothic tale of greed, obsession, and murder” (Publishers Weekly).
“A fabulous and weird addition to the contemporary fantastic.” —Laird Barron, author of Black Mountain
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Third-party review
Fantastic novel. Read my review over at Electric Literature.
Third-party review
In an America on the cusp of Civil War, Boston's bereaved are easy marks for con artist mediums. Photographer William Mumler stumbles upon an ideal partner in gulling his marks: Hannah, who appears to ...

About the author

Adrian Van Young is the author of two books: The Man Who Noticed Everything, a collection of stories; and Shadows in Summerland, a novel. His fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have been published or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Conjunctions, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Slate, VICE, The Believer, the New Yorker, and Granta, as well as the anthologies Gigantic Worlds, Mechanical Animals: Tales at the Crux of Creatures and Tech, and Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, among others. Van Young attended Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction, receiving a Henfield Prize. In the years since, he won Black Lawrence Press’s St. Lawrence Book Award for his first collection of stories, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has taught English and creative writing at the undergraduate and high school levels for more than a decade. Van Young lives with his family in New Orleans.

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